Pollution in Cebu, Philippines

Air pollution data from World Health Organization Info
PM10 Pollution Level: High

Pollution in Cebu, Philippines

Air Pollution
74.71 High
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility
52.81 Moderate
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal
74.68 High
Dirty and Untidy
74.37 High
Noise and Light Pollution
65.26 High
Water Pollution
80.77 Very High
Dissatisfaction with Spending Time in the City
72.56 High
Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City
68.99 High

Purity and Cleanliness in Cebu, Philippines

Air quality
25.29 Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility
47.19 Moderate
Garbage Disposal Satisfaction
25.32 Low
Clean and Tidy
25.63 Low
Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights
34.74 Low
Water Quality
19.23 Very Low
Comfortable to Spend Time in the City
27.44 Low
Quality of Green and Parks
31.01 Low

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Last update: July 2023

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If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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1 Comments so far
Jim Ashby on Nov 21, 2019:
PerJohn Kay's comment, my experience differs on two points: crime and Cebu City's future.

Crime is a major problem here; not just for tourists but for locals too. There's a good reason why virtually all homes here are protected by barb wire on their fences/perimeter and bars on their windows or guards at community gates. As my servants and family members can attest from personal experience, armed robbery is commonplace. So are burglaries. Pickpockets are everywhere and many (most?) folk are eventually victimized by them.

I've faced down a trio of street thugs and I've thwarted thieves attempting to scale my fence and invade my property -- but only because I am twice their size. My home was burglarized 3 times before I fortified it with razor wire. On separate occasions, two drug addicts have been shot in front of my house and one of them died. A cab driver crashed into my retaining wall after being stabbed by his passenger. And this all happened in a normal residential neighborhood.

Criminals do favor weaker, smaller, victims, so being big and tall is a definite advantage here.

As for Cebu City's future, you said that (and I quote): "Cebu will only get better in the coming years." I've lived here over 13 years now and have watched traffic, pollution and crime get progressively worse. There's next to no city planning here: there's no room to expand roads and endemic government corruption assures progress will be painstakingly slow. Water utilities are a joke: no water pressure and new service requests are usually denied (as it is in my case). I had to have my water well extended because the water level dropped too low. The Philippines has the third-most-expensive electric service in all of Asia.

With air conditioning and cheap taxi/Grab service, life here can be pretty good. But you need enough money to fortify your home and pay high
electricity bills. With the low cost of living here, the tradeoffs above are acceptable to some, like me. But it's certainly not for everyone.